Nokia Lumia 710 Hands-on
Holding the Nokia Lumia in the hand and it feels a lot more plasticy than the Nokia Lumia 800. With a glossy finish and more hollow weighting, it doesn't have as much presence and results in a considerably less premium user experience. That said, it is nicely rounded off to sit into the groove of the hand and has curved corners making it comfortable to hold and use. The Nokia Lumia 710 has three physical buttons below the display which look a bit clumsy and are cumbersome to interact with. Adding to this, the two stage camera button has very little travel, so compounding the considerably more budget feel of the Lumia 710 than the specs would suggest.
If specs are what you're after however, the guts of the handset are very desirable, with Windows Phone 7.5 flying given the 1.4 GHz processor being more than capable of drawing the best out of this OS. Menus are simple, clean and elegant although the wow factor of the AMOLED display on the Nokia Lumia 800 is definitely missing. Вorking around the handset is a treat, with no lag, stutter of slow down in sight. The keyboard works well on the display so performance wise, it's a resounding thumbs up.
The Nokia Lumia 710 is due to launch in early 2012 in selected markets so we've got a bit of a wait. Until then, our first impression is for the most part positive. While the handset does feel a little cheaper than we would have hoped, it costs less than we would have thought ($375 before taxes and subsidies), so it's a fair trade off when you consider the performance. Once released, we'll give you a more in depth look at the functionality along with a verdict, so keep your eyes peeled if you want to know more.
1. snowgator (Posts: 3015; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Isn't always the lower end devices which tell you how good a manufacturer is? A smooth, dependable tier 2 device usually means the top end will stand the test of time and quality. Be very interested in how the 710 performs.
2. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 476; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
I kind of agree... I just hope the 800 does end up being a tier 1.5 device and that a 900 is lurking around.
Nokia needs a "hero" device, especially if it wants to bang with the big boys in the US. They need the 4+ inch screen, 1800+ battery, 1g+ ram, 32+ gb, 8+ mp camera (+strong apeture capability, carl zeis lens), front facing camera, 4G capability and a badass cpu.
3. Joshing4fun (Posts: 960; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
Yeah this phone isn't bad but it's definitely not what's gonna save Nokia.
4. dan_md (Posts: 66; Member since: 19 Oct 2010)
The Nokia demo rep said Four differentiating features of Nokia Windows Phones:
1. Nokia Maps
2. Nokia Drive
3. Nokia Music w/ Mix Radio?
What's the Fourth? (or did he count the last item as two entities?
6. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
I think I read something about ESPN. I'm not sure, check the Engadget live blog.
5. lubba (Posts: 1309; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
Coming to tmo usa. Guess where the better is going? F**k!!!!
7. devine (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)
It's interesting to hear about the brand new phones. It has the latest features and easy to use. There is a big push from Microsoft to get more individuals using Windows Cellular phones. A machine that's been receiving a lot of press, the Nokia Lumia 710, is debuting at T-Mobile in Jan. Article resource: Nokia Lumia 710 will be available from T-Mobile in January